DIRECTOR OF RESTORATIVE JUSTICE & VICTIM/WITNESS SERVICES

Posted on July 11, 2020

The Cheshire County Attorney’s Office has an opening with a start date to be determined, for the position of Director of Restorative Justice & Victim/Witness Services.

  • Under the direction of the County Attorney, supervises two Victim/Witness Coordinators and all volunteers or interns. In addition, the Director of Restorative Justice & Victim/Witness Services will develop and implement systems designed to most effectively use Karpel to track statistics, communicate with victims and witnesses, and provide timely updates to attorneys. Lastly, the Director shall act as a liaison relative to issues involving victims’ rights, between this office and the Behavioral Health and Restorative Justice Program.
  • Identifies and implements practices and procedures to ensure uniform services to all victims and witnesses served.
  • Acts as a guide to victims/witnesses through the criminal justice process by providing them with information on the criminal justice system.
  • Keeps victims and witnesses informed of the status of their case, hearing dates, plea negotiations, etc.
  • Serves as a liaison between the victim and prosecutor of a case.
  • Suggests crisis intervention alternatives and support to victims and witnesses to meet their emotional and/or physical needs. In addition, educates victims on the components of Restorative Justice.
  • Informs victims about Victims’ Compensation money for counseling and uninsured financial loss related to the crime.
  • Assesses the needs and provides support and information to victims and witnesses.
  • Supports the prosecutor in providing a cooperative, competent, well-informed witness; however, does not actively participate in the interview process.
  • Refers victims and witnesses to agencies who provide protection from harm or threats of harm arising out of cooperation with the judicial process.
  • Advises and implements victims’ rights
  • Assists in the preparation of victim impact statements when it applies
  • Supports the prosecutor in trial preparation by acting as a support person during victim/witness interviews.
  • Serves as a liaison between law enforcement, the County Attorney’s Office and victims and material witnesses.

SKILLS/EXPERIENCE/TRAINING SUGGESTED 

Duties require supervisory experience and knowledge of the criminal justice system as it pertains to victim/witness advocacy equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree and three to five years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Considerable knowledge of the judicial system in the State of New Hampshire, and knowledge of restorative justice practices

Knowledge of the pressures, problems, and interests of victims and the requirements for insuring that witnesses are identified, tracked, obtained and that they appear as required.

Ability to maintain confidentiality of sensitive information

Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and to establish positive public relations.

Knowledge of community resources associated with criminal crisis intervention.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the County Attorney’s Office personnel, local, county, state and federal government law enforcement officers and employees, and the general public.

Excellent organizational skills

Superior computer skills and experience with Windows operating system

Ability to work under pressure in a hectic and emotionally charged environment.

Ability to work independently within established parameters

Ability to respond quickly in a crisis situation

Ability to work within established time constraints

Please submit cover letter and resume to Cheshire County, Kim May, Human Resources Director, 12 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 or kmay@co.cheshire.nh.us.  Applications submitted via Indeed or other internet employment application services will NOT be considered.